The Fruit of the Spirit is not a list of behaviours we need to work harder the produce in our own lives. It’s not in our own effort or ability at all. Rather, the Fruit of the Spirit is the result of learning to surrender our hearts to the work the Spirit longs to do in us.
When we are able to surrender to the work of the heart we are transformed into the kind of people who live out of a deep understanding of our identity and purpose, carrying these essential character traits of our Heavenly Father into every conversation and encounter we face.
Spiritual maturity is learning to respond from a place of security in Christ rather than reacting to the things around us out of fear, insecurity and pride. It’s learning to pick up God’s heart of kindness, gentleness and love and allow that to permeate every aspect of our lives.
Brenda Drost is a Pastor and Speaker who is known for her warm smile and passionate preaching style. Whether she is teaching at her home church or out on the road, she loves to bring challenging messages that actually help people live out their faith in the real world. She and her husband live on their farm in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada where they have raised their four children. Find out more about Brenda here.